Atlántica # 58

Too much blood for so little land. _____The peasant poisons his crop _____ to have it eaten by millions of rats. _____ Too much blood for so little land. _____ The lorry driver carries fruit that tastes of sulfur. _____ Too much blood for so little land. ____We have cleared the forests, and in the cities _____ pedestrians suffocate for the benefit _____ of the pharmaceutical industry. _____ Too much blood for so little land. _____Ecodeath, economy, eco-coffins _____for immigrants who die at sea. _____ Too much blood for so little land. _____ Ah! Yes—you said—they’re cheaper _____ than wrapping them in plastic _____ and throwing them back in the water _____ to be eaten by fish. _____ Too much blood for so little land. _____ Ah! Yes, dear Valéry, _____Ce toit tranquille, où marchent des colombes, _____  Entre les pins palpite, entre les tombes; _____Midi le juste y compose de feux _____La mer, la mer, toujours recommencée! _____That quiet roof where the doves go by _____ throbs between the pines, between the tombs; _____the impartial noon builds fires on the sea, _____the sea, always anew … _____ Too much blood for so little land. _____And the drowned floated on the blue waters of the Mediterranean. _____ ¿Es esta la Europa que queremos? _____ Is this the Europe we want?



Too many dead to keep on dreaming. _____Live body, dead body, worms _____ piercing the dusk. _____Your presence is a scandalous absence. _____ It deceives stunningly. _____ Thunder and lightning in a single bubble _____ rising in the rotten air of New York. _____ You had to flee to find yourself _____ in the same place as your disappearance. _____ Now you live the dream of Europe, _____ a place pierced by the shame _____ of massive exterminations. _____ Prague Spring—you said— _____ French May—you said—. _____ And Sarajevo, always Sarajevo. _____  The Berlin Wall torn down—you said … _____ War crimes are not erased _____with a blue flag crowned with stars. _____ Over the skies of Paris _____ drones like the eye of God guard against _____ any possibility of a happy ending.

Europe’s <br>Night | Atlántica